The Art of Giving Back: Spiffy Press Announces Sponsorship of Armory Center for the Arts

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Pasadena-based letterpress design and printing business to donate portion of Design Show proceeds in support of community-based arts programs. 3rd Annual Unique LA Spring Design Show, May 7–8, 2011, Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

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Local letterpress design and printing business Spiffy Press announced their sponsorship of the Armory Center For The Arts today. Spiffy Press will donate a portion of their revenue generated at the upcoming Unique LA Spring Show in support of the Armory’s community-based art programs. Unique LA runs Mother’s Day weekend (May 7–8, 2011, 11am-6pm) at the California Market Center Penthouse (110 E. 9th St., LA, CA 90079). Unique LA is open to the public. Admission is $10 at the door (free to kids under 12).

Unique LA admission includes a limited edition tote, free drinks, hosted bar, DIY workshops, and more. Unique LA is the largest independent design and gift show in the country. It began as a way to bring together local vendors and shoppers with a keen interest in innovative, contemporary art and design; locally made goods; eco-awareness; and charitable giving. Its focus remains the same today.

Spiffy Press’ current sponsorship of the Armory is the result of a nine-year philanthropic relationship between the Armory and Spiffy Press Owner Scott Wallin and is grounded in the belief that art educates, heals, and transforms lives and communities. “During a challenging economy, it’s critical to include art in our daily lives,” shares Armory Director of Communications, Jon Lapointe. He adds, “for many businesses hit hard by the economy, the knee-jerk reaction is to scale-back and give less. Spiffy Press’ support is unique in this regard and a reminder of how vital arts are to our community.”

Scott Wallin, Owner of Spiffy Press, said, “As an artist and graphic designer, I have a strong connection to the work of the Pasadena Armory and deep belief in the positive impact the arts can have on people’s lives.”

Visit http://www.spiffypress.com/unique-la.html to enter to win one of ten free admission tickets to Unique LA. See their letterpress greeting cards, custom wedding invitations and business stationery designed with attitude at http://www.spiffypress.com.

See http://www.uniquela.com for a full list of vendors, parking information, DIY workshop schedule and all event details.

About Spiffy — Press Established in 2008, in Pasadena, California, with the purchase of a Vandercook 219 letterpress, Spiffy Press sprang to life and broadened Owner Scott Wallin’s design capabilities. A California Institute of the Arts graduate, Scott has been art directing and designing for more than 20 years for clients in North America and Italy.

Scott’s wedding invitations and business stationery have been published in The Power of Paper in Graphic Design (Rockport); and Creative Edge, Letterhead + Business Card Design (North Light Books). His letterpress designs have been featured on several blogs and Greetings, Inc. magazine.

About Armory Center For The Arts — The Armory Center for the Arts is a community-based contemporary art center that offers innovative approaches to creating, exploring, and presenting the arts to students of all ages. In addition to providing an outlet for contemporary art exhibitions and performances, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to schools and throughout the community. Founded in 1989, the Armory’s mission is to build upon the power of art to transform lives and communities. The Armory Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, donor-supported organization.

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